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MVRHS Girls tennis

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Samantha Potter’s third-set tiebreaker win and the dynamic duo of Kat Roberts and Lizzie Williamson sealed the deal.

From left, Lizzie Williamson, Charlotte Potter, Kat Roberts, Emma Kristal, and Josie Iadicicco after their off-Island victory against Barnstable. – Photo courtesy of John Williamson

Tuesday was a big day for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) girls varsity tennis team. The girls edged out Barnstable High School 3-2. Samantha Potter pulled out the win at first singles in a fight-to-the-finish third-set tiebreaker to change the 2-2 score.

Sam won the first set 7-5, lost the second set 3-6, and won the tiebreak 10-8 on her second match point.

Freshman pair Kat Roberts, daughter of coach Liz Roberts, and Lizzie Williamson knocked it out of the park with their decisive wins. Kat played second singles, winning handily, 6-0, 6-0.

“She played a very good competitor but totally dominated her,” coach Nina Bramhall told The Times Wednesday.

Lizzie Williamson also won at third singles, beating her opponent 6-1, 6-1. “Again, a very good opponent; Lizzie just played better,” said Ms. Bramhall. “In fact, their whole team was very strong, they really did not have a weak court out there.”

Coach Bramhall was very impressed with Kat’s and Lizzie’s first match on the high school squad. “It was phenomenal for both of them that they played as well as they did and held their nerve.”

Both Vineyard doubles teams lost. Josie Iadicicco and Charlotte Potter played first doubles (4-6, 1-6). Avery Hazel and Madison McBride played second doubles (5-7, 2-6).

All of the second-line girls were able to play after the initial lineup was completed.

Sam’s match was only about half-over when the other four courts were finished. “We were all watching the end of her second set, and the tiebreak, which was nail-biting,” said Ms. Bramhall. “She was down 2-5 in the tiebreak, brought it up to 5-5, and then they just kept going 6-all, 7-all, and finally she got ahead at 7-9. Her opponent got it to 8-9, but then in the final point the opponent served and they probably had a 20-point rally. Sam just hung in there, and forced the girl into a situation that forced the girl to make an error.”

Both teams were on the side of the court cheering. Since the current seniors have been together, the team has never beaten Barnstable, who were gracious opponents.

“It was a great moment,” said Ms. Bramhall. “It was a fantastic way to start the season.”

Girls varsity tennis played again Wednesday away at Falmouth High School and on Saturday travel to take on Pope John Paul II. The first home match is Sunday, April 12, at 11:30 am, versus Triton High School of Byfield.

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The 15th-seeded Vineyard girls tennis team, their roster depleted by injuries and honors night, traveled to face longtime nemesis Cohasset in the MIAA State Division 3 South Sectional opener on May 29. The Vineyarders lost to the second-seeded Skippers, 5-0. Cohasset now has eliminated M.V. for the past three seasons. Last year the teams played a 3-2 thriller in the sectional quarterfinals.

The Purple were without starters Samantha Potter (first singles), Charlotte Potter (third singles), and the first doubles tandem of Diamond Araujo and Avery Hazell. Josie Iadicicco moved up to first singles and lost to state individual champ Emma Davis. Freshman Madison McBride left her traditional second doubles spot for second singles and lost to Emily Livingstone. Caroline Van Etten topped Alison Daigle at third singles. Gabrielle Lemoine and Bri Clough defeated Amadine Muniz and Chaniporn Eksiri at first doubles; while Clara Baumgarten and Ryan Spicer were victorious over Charlotte Hammond and Ellie O’ Callahan at second doubles.

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The Vineyard girls varsity tennis team played four matches in a seven-day span from May 7 and 13, winning one and dropping three.

The Purple traveled to Ursuline Academy in Dedham on May 13 and lost to the Lady Bears, 4-1. Sam Potter scored the lone Vineyard point with a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 win over Emily Curtis at first singles.

Playing without Sam Potter on Friday, the Vineyarders (6-7) traveled to Somerset Berkley and lost 3-2. Both Vineyard doubles teams were victorious. Diamond Araujo and Avery Hazell won the tightest match of the day, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5, over Emma Luke and Baila Mir at first doubles, while the second doubles team of Madison McBride and Amadine Muniz downed Rachel Santos and Corinne Morhy, 6-3, 6-3.

The Lady Raiders swept the singles matches in straight sets. Bo Roman defeated Josie Iadicicco at first singles, 6-2, 6-2; Kelsey Gray won against Charlotte Potter at second singles and Melanie Wong bested Allison Daigle at third singles, 6-3, 6-1.

After falling to Bishop Feehan 4-1 on May 7, the Vineyarders responded well the following day by shutting out Coyle Cassidy 5-0 in Oak Bluffs.

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Josie Iadicicco eyes a volley. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Following spring vacation, the Vineyard girls tennis team improved to 5-4, picking up two wins in five days.

Tuesday in Oak Bluffs, M.V. edged Pope John Paul II of Hyannis, 3-2. The Vineyarders won all three singles matches, but the Lions prevailed in doubles.

Sam Potter rolled over Lexi Cornwall, 6-0, 6-0, at first singles. Charlotte Potter followed suit in third singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Emily Canzano. Josie Iadicicco rallied to defeat Haylee Whiteley at second singles, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The match of the day was second doubles, with the Lions chalking up a point as Julia Grady and Allison Santos defeated Amadine Muniz and Lucy Ulyatt, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. PJPII also won the first doubles match as Rachel McLellan and Jacquelyn Germani won by default over Avery Hazell and Diamond Araujo with the score 3-6, 7-5.

The Vineyarders earned a 4-1 win over visiting Bishop Stang in an Eastern Athletic Conference match Friday. Sam Potter toughed out a 6-3, 7-5 decision over Katie Vasconcelos at first singles. The Spartans earned their one win in second singles as Emma Mills edged Josie Iadicicco, 5-7, 6-4, (10-6 tie-breaker). Charlotte Potter downed Lauren Shallcross, 6-0, 6-1, at third singles. Diamond Araujo and Avery Hazell topped Smita Rajar and Charlotte Bednar at first doubles, 6-2, 6-4. The second doubles match went the distance, with Madison McBride and Amadine Muniz winning, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, over Jacqui Andrade and Emily McGrath.